Comfort Keepers of Fairfax, VA Is Here to Help with Incontinence Care
When it comes to keeping secrets, no one is better at it than someone suffering from adult incontinence. Most would rather hide in their homes than risk going out and having an "accident" fearing they might be ridiculed. With the right incontinence care and products, it is quite possible to lead a normal happy life.
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You Should Know
- That adult incontinence affects more than 25 million adults over 40 in America.
- That over 50 percent of seniors living in nursing homes in the United States have urinary incontinence.
- The National Association for Continence issued a report showing that 50 percent of those over the age of 40 have incontinence problems.
When you look at the millions of Americans who live with incontinence you would think everyone would be talking about finding incontinence care that works. Sadly, due to the nature of this condition, few people are even willing to acknowledge it or take part in studies to seek cures.
Adult Incontinence Comes in Several Forms
While most people tend to think of incontinence in terms of bowels or urinary issues, doing so tends to miss the point. This type of thinking does not lead to successful care plans or help anyone whose daily lives are interrupted by their incontinence. Adult incontinence is divided into separate sub-categories, including:
- Functional Incontinence –is the result of the person not realizing they need to go.
- Overflow Incontinence – a blockage in the person's urinary tract, prevents the flow of urine.
- Stress Incontinence – resulting from things like coughing, sneezing, or bending over.
- Mixed Incontinence – a blend of stress and urge incontinence.
- Mixed Incontinence – resulting from high levels of emotional and physical stress.
- Urge Incontinence – also referred to as an overactive bladder and is the result of involuntary muscle spasms.
Those Over 60 Are Not Alone
It's all too easy to pass this problem off as one that is reserved for the "over 60 crowd." You might be surprised at the number of people whose ages range from 40 to 60. The National Association for Continence reports that one out of every five Americans has urinary or bowel incontinence. Some are unlucky enough to suffer from both types of incontinence and require a much more stringent form of incontinence care.
Although age-related incontinence is more prevalent, but no matter your loved one's age, there are a few common things that can lead to this problem. Among them are:
- Medical Issues
- Irregular bathroom habits
What Can Be Done About Adult Incontinence?
If you are interested in providing your loved one with the right incontinence care, you need to talk to their doctor. They can tell you if there is a medical reason for it or if any of the medications, they are taking might be the cause. You might try changing their diet, helping them to exercise, or putting them on a bathroom break schedule, all of these seem to help many incontinence sufferers.
What Care Can Comfort Keepers Offer?
Our caregivers have been trained to provide for seniors with incontinence, along with many other services. Among the many services our gentle loving caregivers offer are:
- Monitoring food and drink intake
- Teaching exercises that help such as Kegels
- Developing a bathroom schedule based on monitoring leakage
- Providing emotional support
- Connecting them with support groups
- Developing a care plan including finding restrooms are so your loved one can get out and about.
- Assisting your loved one with toileting
Talking to Your Loved One About Incontinence
It's never easy to talk about a subject as sensitive as incontinence care with a loved one. But, when the time comes you may have no choice, just remember they are probably more embarrassed than you are.
Do your best to wait to start your conversation until you are in a quiet place where you can talk without interruption or the risk of being overheard (this will help minimize embarrassment.
Don't try to get through everything in one conversation, let time take its course, your loved one will most likely appreciate it.
Never try to force care on your loved one, this will not only make things harder but can lead to bad feelings between the two of you.
- We thought you might like some reading material about adult incontinence for seniors. Here are three websites that have plenty of information for you.
- Tips When Visiting Your Doctor
- The Different Types Of Incontinence
- Urinary Incontinence In Older Adults- The National Institute On Aging
If you have a loved one in need of incontinence care and could use a helping hand, reach out to Comfort Keepers of Fairfax, VA. Our caregivers are ready to help with your loved one. Be sure you ask about our free care consultation with one of our senior advisors.